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College Financial Aid Process

It is important that students who are applying for financial aid visit the website for each college to which they are applying and review the financial aid requirements. Click here for a form to use as a checklist and a place to keep track of user names and passwords. All schools require the FAFSA; however, many schools also require additional forms such as the CSS Profile or their own school specific form. If you would like more detailed information about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may find the following tutorial to be helpful. Please note that this tutorial is for the 2014-15 FAFSA, but we do not anticipate significant changes for the 2015-16 year. http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/


As soon as possible, apply for a PIN (Personal Identification Number) at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN application process consists of three steps (for both parent and student.) The PIN is an electronic signature for use on the FAFSA website. Families will need two PINS, one for a parent and one for the student :

Keep your PIN in a safe place for future reference as this number will be used as a signature on this and future FAFSA electronic applications.

After January 1, 2015 - Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is critical that you use this address as there are other sites with similar addresses that charge families for completing the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is FREE.

For assistance completing the FAFSA attend "College Goal Sunday"

Sunday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA 02532

Please register at: http://www.fafsaday.org/registration.php?site_code=62

The CSS Profile

Administered by the College Board

Some colleges (particularly private colleges) require the CSS profile in addition to the FAFSA. Students can visit the  

CSS Website for a list of schools that require this form.

Complete the PROFILE at http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile?affiliateid=searchbanner&bannerid=profile_bigfuture .

Individual College Financial Aid Forms

It may be necessary to complete a form specific to a particular college/university. Some may require that you submit electronically, others may request paper forms. It is important to keep track of your username and password for each school.


Once you have submitted all required documents, you and your child should carefully monitor e-mail and paper mail for requests for additional information from the financial aid offices.  Colleges may ask for tax transcripts, verification forms or other documents.



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